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Eddie Mair | 05:13 UK time, Friday, 24 September 2010

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  • 1. At 06:16am on 24 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Ouch! There's broken glass all over the sand. Does anyone know where BigSis keeps her broom?

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  • 2. At 07:18am on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®

    Tea, coffee and for a change, poached eggs, toast and marmalade is available at NC's.

    The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Delights is discharging its cargo into the Juice fountain at this very moment!

    :-)

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  • 3. At 07:20am on 24 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    I'll grab a muesli and bask in the sun while wishing we had more of the stuff IRL. After all, yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, so it's all downhill from here :(

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  • 4. At 08:07am on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    And I can contribute these extremely small eggs courtesy of Geraldine, the latest addition to the menagerie. They may be only the size of damsons, but they are her first and she is still getting the hang of it. No unkind comments now.

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  • 5. At 08:08am on 24 Sep 2010, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Lucien (1):

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooommmmmmmmm!

    Is that any good? (Courtesy of a genuine 1960s Dune Buggy.)

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  • 6. At 08:50am on 24 Sep 2010, annasee wrote:

    Oh well done Geraldine! We've had the occasional small or funny-shaped egg which daughter has taken to school to show the biology class. For some reason you never find those in the supermarket - I bet lots of children don't even know it's possible. Not to mention eggs without a shell - that might put them off for life, I suppose!

    Morning all - I'm still on a high after my evening entertaining the Living Ch*rch of G*d yesterday. Have a beautiful bouquet of flowers to remind me - will pop them on the counter of NC's Bar so you can all enjoy. Just off to mend the unfortunate tear in my new frock - I should have known netting at hem level was a design fault - me & my big feet...

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  • 7. At 08:52am on 24 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    5 SSC
    Better than using hoover on the beach.

    (other hoovers are available)

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  • 8. At 09:24am on 24 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Thank you, Mr. Cat. I suggest we park it behind one of the dunes when it's done - I'm afraid Lucien's mistaken, as I have no broom. ;o)

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  • 9. At 09:30am on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    *swoops through clouds, delicately maneuvers, lands on sand dune*

    Here you go chaps but mind you don't go waving it around in case you take off.

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  • 10. At 09:45am on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    9 Lady Sue - Ah! So it was you I was fly past the full moon last night!

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  • 11. At 09:50am on 24 Sep 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    EPO - Are you sawing backwards?

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  • 12. At 09:50am on 24 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Ellis:

    "Ah! So it was you I was fly past the full moon last night!"

    Can you translate, please? ;oD

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  • 13. At 09:54am on 24 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    By the way, guys, do watch where you're treading today. There's a toad hopping around the Beach. Seems to have a penchant for candyfloss.

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  • 14. At 09:54am on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Big Sis - No translation necessary - just transpose the w and the s in the fourth word ;o)

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  • 15. At 09:56am on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    sawry!

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  • 16. At 09:56am on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    ld 1, Big Sister has a besom.

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  • 17. At 09:57am on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    ld, No, I didn't misspell bosom.

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  • 18. At 09:58am on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Lucien (1) I've never seen Big Sister with a broom. She can manage a multitude of tasks with only a feather duster...all it takes is one flick, but performed with such a light touch ;o)

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  • 19. At 10:03am on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Thought for today:

    Light travels faster than sound.
    This is why some people appear bright
    until you hear them speak.

    ;-)

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  • 20. At 10:13am on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Ellis, not guilty. Wish I'd read your tips on the moon last night - missed that opportunity altogether, though noticed everywhere was lit up with a ghostly/silvery glow.

    Going for a lovely walk along the beach and might even irradiate the body preferably while lying on a bed of sand.

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  • 21. At 10:15am on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Why is the lilac breasted roller known to ex-pat Brit safari guides as the "Essex Bird"?

    (Clue - thought for today)

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  • 22. At 10:18am on 24 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:

    18. Gillianian

    You're telling me!

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  • 23. At 10:31am on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Rugger!.......blue skies have given way to dark clouds on my part of the No folk Beach.
    :-(

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  • 24. At 10:35am on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Bright blue here, but the breeze has more than a hint of autumn....ceps and birch boletes for breakfast, smothered in sausages....

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  • 25. At 10:41am on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    ........and bacon and black pudding and a couple of fresh poached egs with a side order of grilled toms and baked beans.....perfik!
    :-)

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  • 26. At 10:43am on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Never mind the occasional maggot...

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  • 27. At 10:44am on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Not what you would expect at a Job Centre!

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  • 28. At 11:23am on 24 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    We've got mini-muffins (double choc + lemon/white choc), caramel covered flapjack bites and chocolate brownie bites to munch on at work - so I'll bring a spare set to the bar - help yourself!

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  • 29. At 11:38am on 24 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Ellis, That piccy of the roller takes me back to our Zimbabwean safari back in 97. We never managed to get one to stay still for long enough to get a decent picture. Though the Leopard in the tree having its tea and the Lioness's walking past the Landrover made up for it.

    Still remember the Guides comment. Said out the corner of his mouth.

    "Okay folks, no sudden moves, or she'll eat you"

    He was quite an old guide so we assumed he was good. Poor guides don't get old :-)

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  • 30. At 11:38am on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    jolly good man that mittfh, never a harsh word be said about him!
    :-p

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  • 31. At 12:20pm on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Ellis@21: love little birdie.

    Stewart, that sounds like some safari. Were you wearing matching khaki outfits similar to those in 'Out of Africa'?

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  • 32. At 1:03pm on 24 Sep 2010, pmmolly wrote:

    Nice thought-those mini muffins.Suddenly thouught we could do with a little light something as it's really horrrid here...
    Bangers- and- mash at the bar if you fancy them..

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  • 33. At 1:11pm on 24 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sue, Outfits did not match. We did enjoy the occasional G&T. Only for the quinine though.

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  • 34. At 1:40pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    ..and some perfikly boiled Sprouts to go with the Bangers- and- mash.

    Anyone seen where the Mustard Pot has gone to?

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  • 35. At 1:42pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Stewart_M, that reminds me. I must dig out my Leopard skin Speedos, they must be due an airing by now.

    ;-)

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  • 36. At 2:19pm on 24 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    I fail to see the point of Beach, why does the BBC think a board for inane banter to be more worthwhile than a board that offered people a say and interaction on political issues? Is this evidence of the dummed-down BBC where they invest in the trivial?

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  • 37. At 2:22pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Welcome aboard, IMOORE! What's your pleasure?

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  • 38. At 2:28pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    36. IMOORE

    Hey! Mr Grumpy! Great to see you on the beach. Is this your first time? You better put some sun cream on or you'll get frazzled.

    I recommend you take a dip in the surf. It's lovely in there. Did you bring a towel? never mind, the sun will dry you in a couple of minutes.

    One of the best things about the beach is that while it's mostly sun, sun, sun and sometimes a little rain, we rarely see "SunandRain" on the beach! Ah! peace at last.

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  • 39. At 2:30pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Or should that be "Welcome ashore, IMOORE!"

    Brilliant play on R4 at the moment - cringeworthy.

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  • 40. At 2:34pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    IMOORE (36) There's a thread on this blog called the Furrowed Brow, where you can have as much "say and interaction on political issues" as you wish. You can introduce your own topics, and set your own agenda - hidden or otherwise!

    And it's spelled "dumbed".

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  • 41. At 2:51pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    36. IMOORE

    • "I fail to see the point of Beach"

    Well you would, wouldn't you?

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  • 42. At 3:10pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Shall we have a spot of beach morris dancing tonight in celebration of our esteemed eccentric English beachcomber?

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  • 43. At 3:13pm on 24 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Re: Post 36 (IMOORE)

    As others have said, that's what The Furrowed Brow is for. The lately departed Glass Boxes were not intended for "a say and interaction on policitcal issues" - they were for suggesting stories for the programme to cover (AM) and reviewing the programme (PM).

    -oOo-

    I'll just stock up the supplies of Cabernet Sauvignon, then head out for a dip in the sea - which, of course, is far warmer than real-life UK territorial waters!

    Oh, and I've just read a new bye-law that's been enacted - "camels are provided for transport, not for consumption"...

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  • 44. At 3:15pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Welcome to The Beach Mr IMOORE.

    Here put on these Speedos, grab yerself a sparkly hammock and tuck into this *bacon gerald and just chiiiiiilllllllll out dude.

    *Other bacon geralds are available at NC's.

    :-)

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  • 45. At 3:25pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    ....spits out nibbled camel and wanders off....

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  • 46. At 3:39pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Feeling a bit queasy Diggles pulled his Soppy Camel into a tight turn to starboard leant over the edge of the cockpit and promptly disgorged his lunch

    Look out below!

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  • 47. At 3:48pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    46. P Nutt
    It wasn't the mushrooms, honest!

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  • 48. At 3:54pm on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    *whew* Just as well I had some umbrellas handy.

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  • 49. At 4:00pm on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Afternoon folks. Small Ns in attendance shortly - perhaps a big casserole. Was planning roast chicken, but got a rather funny look from Harriet. I think it might have been a friend...

    Anyhoo, is it too early for a sharpener?

    Eww – what’s that pile of part chewed camel?

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  • 50. At 4:08pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    It's never too early for a sharpener!

    ;-)

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  • 51. At 4:10pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Crikey!

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  • 52. At 4:21pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I've no idea what to have for diner tonight. It's a case of finding inspiration in the fridge...

    hmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • 53. At 4:29pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    52. EPO

    I've got half a penguin left over from lunch so you're welcome to that. Found it on that iceberg that floated past this morning. The breast meat is good but the wings are delicious. Great for dipping into a sauce.

    Just don't tell Lady Sue especially if you plan to smoke the bird first.

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  • 54. At 4:31pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    I hate people who say dude!

    EPO 52, Roast inspiration is quite nice.

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  • 55. At 4:35pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    David 54, sorry pardner.

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  • 56. At 4:37pm on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    52 - Looked pretty well stocked to me.

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  • 57. At 4:40pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Talking of food, this afternoon's play had an "American" talking about 'chicken merryland', which wouldn't happen in a million years. It's just plain 'fried chicken', even in Mareland!

    Harrrrumpfh!

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  • 58. At 4:40pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Doh! That was the wrong fridge - here's the right fridge

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  • 59. At 4:46pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AP 57, Try Maryland Chicken (pronounced Maraland). You know, the state. Why do Brits call chocolate chip cookies Maryland cookies?

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  • 60. At 4:47pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    PN 55, I told a columnist in The Indy that some Americans don't like to be called Yanks.

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  • 61. At 4:48pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    ej 53, Is 'smoke the bird' a euphemism for something?

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  • 62. At 4:49pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Ellis (42) Yes!! I have just the right hat for it ;o)
    And let's have a chew on that carrot while we mull over what to do for tea tonight - any casserole going spare, Alan_N? I can offer you this as a bribe...
    Cheers!

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  • 63. At 4:50pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AP 57, PS Obviously a British actor. All Brits, including newsreaders, say Merryland and it makes me shout at the radio/TV.

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  • 64. At 4:51pm on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    62 - Done. It's not quite ready yet though...

    http://www.fotosearch.com/bigcomp.asp?path=CSP/CSP247/k2472897.jpg

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  • 65. At 4:52pm on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    58 - Now I like that fridge!

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  • 66. At 4:54pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Thanks Alan - give us a shout when it's cooked.

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  • 67. At 4:55pm on 24 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    65, close that fridge door, they will all want one. I was saving all those for my tea.

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  • 68. At 4:56pm on 24 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Opps sorry, it was Ellis that opened the fridge.

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  • 69. At 4:59pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    It's Friday... ... ... It's Five O'Clock ... ... ... It's PM ...

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  • 70. At 5:00pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    And here's supper for the vegetarianians

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  • 71. At 5:01pm on 24 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Heh heh..looks like Alan_N is getting into a bit of a stew!
    ;-)

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  • 72. At 5:02pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    In a mine, deep under chili? I hope it's not too hot for their eyes.

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  • 73. At 5:02pm on 24 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Will do. In the meantime...

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  • 74. At 5:03pm on 24 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    SM 67, Think you're Larry Grayson?

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  • 75. At 5:48pm on 24 Sep 2010, pmmolly wrote:

    IMOORE- welcome! I do hope that the talk of my bangers was not the final straw ....

    By the way PN, it's rather early in the year for your...hem!...leopardy whatsits, don't you think? You won't feel the benefit, you know...

    Now, why do I have to 'sign in ' every time I want to set foot on the beach ? Life's too short !

    mxx

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  • 76. At 5:55pm on 24 Sep 2010, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    davmcn (63):

    Of course it *should* be pronounced ark-in-sass...

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  • 77. At 6:03pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    Has anyone seen IMOORE about.
    Last time I saw him he was swimming out to sea and he was way out beyond the reef.

    Maybe he's trying to swim to Europe.
    I know he loves the Europeans

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  • 78. At 6:09pm on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    edward@53: *shock* *horror* you're not allowed to eat them!

    Gillianian: I'm just getting a broken Earl. Coincides with this feeling that something is missing this evening - can't think what but my fingers are all poised to tap on the keyboard and ... nothing. Have that "floating in space" sensation though, of course, I'm not actually with the astronauts.

    Time for a vino collapso! Hurrah - it's Friday and there's the launch of a new play by a local in the village beach-hut theatre - you know that clip of Victor's Song from 'Local Hero'...

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  • 79. At 6:10pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    61. davmcn

    I'm sure you know a smoked herring is called a kipper.

    But did you know a smoked penguin is called a flipper

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  • 80. At 6:12pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    78 Lady Sue

    Sorry!
    Are we allowed to smoke them?

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  • 81. At 6:14pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    79. edwardjecle
    I thought that was smoked dolphin.

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  • 82. At 6:30pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Being the closest thing to a conservation expert we have on the beach, I'd just like to say that it is also forbidden to eat those little green crickets, any of the remaining elephants (though they haven't been around for a while), anything on Gillianian's or Lady Sue's hats, that vandal gibbon or any of those invisible sand fleas from Michael Bentine's Potty Time!

    That is all, for now!

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  • 83. At 6:39pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Sorry - someone's made off with the veggie option - it must have been good!

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  • 84. At 6:46pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    83 - It was that darned gibbon!

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  • 85. At 7:01pm on 24 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    And as for eating sprouts...

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  • 86. At 7:02pm on 24 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    edward, it is the naughtie step for you my friend.

    Ellis, I read that as "conversation expert". How'd you know I was wearing a hat?

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  • 87. At 7:30pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Milady - I saw you last night, though you protested your innocence and your swooping arrival this morning was a bit of a clue. So ... I put two and two together and made an imaginary number.

    Let me demonstrate again on the swing ... where are those dodgy eggs?

    Okay ... *shove*slewcrack!

    I'm going to have to practice that a little more.

    As for conversation expert - nope, sorry. As Dave knows, I still refer to the BBC learn English pages for reference. When they refer to me, I'll be an expert.

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  • 88. At 8:49pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Will this work with Nataliya do you think? juke box bonus being as she is an ex-kgb spy agent trying to steal Scottish oil from the artic? Very pretty though

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  • 89. At 8:56pm on 24 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Hmmm ... proposing in public to an imaginary friend in the shadows is just a little bit creepy.

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  • 90. At 9:05pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Don't worry lucien,

    There's a storyline coming! Tonight's play is far too disturbing so I'm going to playing an alternative happy thing...

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  • 91. At 9:19pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Here's Elvis Costello's take on it I Want You

    and Mister Robert Zimmerman put it this way I Want You

    Which, girls, is more appealing?

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  • 92. At 9:29pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    And U2 did it this way All I Want Is You which was clearly a bit of a fib! Her being a stranger and all...

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  • 93. At 9:41pm on 24 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Ellis, it's Mister Elvis Costello for me ;o)

    Try this on Nataliya.

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  • 94. At 9:42pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Actually, no matter - the imaginary Nataliya enjoyed the harmonica and is off dancing in the surf with bells on her ankles/toes and rings on her fingers.

    Turns out it's not the song, it's the bloke.

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  • 95. At 9:50pm on 24 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    It's too late Gillianian - she's fallen for a newcomer, reckons he'll be a fabulous New Russian. Some people call him "Shouty" but that's not something I can judge being envious of his immense appeal.

    So she's off morris dancing and I'm sitting looking after the drinks and handbags.

    Still, tomorrow is another day.

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  • 96. At 10:47pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    As I walked down the hill to the Beach, through a narrow deep sand valley, I looked at the wall of grey water in front of me. The sea was up above my mouth and nose.

    I was struck by the truism 'The horizon is always at eye level'

    Eerily so, there, this afternoon.

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  • 97. At 10:55pm on 24 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    96 SunandRain

    Are you ok?
    I'm a little worried about you.
    Such a short post.
    That's not like you.
    Perhaps you are not Expecting the End ....
    .. but coming to the End.

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  • 98. At 11:18pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Of a perfect day.

    I jogged for 80 minutes in exquisite Indian summer sunshine along the Beach after lunch, saw the sea stand like a wall in front of me late in the afternoon and came home to a moon as bright as neon.

    PS I'm not Expecting the End nor think I'm coming to the end of reading that tired canard.

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  • 99. At 11:23pm on 24 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    During the up coming camel races I'm entering both Rank Outsider and Rank Insider.

    So to speak.

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  • 100. At 11:33pm on 24 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    98: I refer you to this.

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  • 101. At 02:58am on 25 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    100 Why?

    Have you decided on your mount in this year's camel race?

    You weren't among the runners and riders last year:


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/09/the_beach_126.shtml#P86186156

    because:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/09/the_beach_126.shtml#P86100950


    Apparently ld got the ride though he was worried that he hadn't:


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/09/the_beach_126.shtml#P86174874




    Is there to be a race at all I wonder? Ellis started things off a month ago but TIH told her/him it was always at the end of September and he'd amounce when appropriate. It's his thing now apparently.


    Well THIS is the last weekend of September, even though Friday was the 24th. It reminds me a bit of lighting up time, Now cars and street lights respond to sensors, who could tell you what lighting up time actually is these days. Same with the day/date that used to be announced before every big BBC News - lost as only the banks know our paydays and we send automated emails for every standard day from birthdays to aunties' anniversaries.

    Hey ho! It's a rich vein, the Beach I'm linking to:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/09/the_beach_126.shtml#P86149136

    When you track him/her down ask him/her whatever that was about.

    Let us know your mount's name.

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  • 102. At 06:22am on 25 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    stomp .. stomp .. stomp .... I'll scweam and I'll scweam and I'll scweam and I'll scweam!
    stomp .. stomp .. stomp

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  • 103. At 08:11am on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®

    Tea, coffee, full *English breakfasts with toast and the crossaunts option now available at NC's

    Also some left over Lamb Tikka Sag and muchroom rice from last night.

    The Big Sister Juice Tonker has topped up the Orange juice fountain so tuck in.

    *No other national breakfasts available. I can't be faffed with all that as I have a full day ahead making apple and rose hip jelly!

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  • 104. At 08:52am on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Apple and rose hip jelly?

    :-*

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  • 105. At 09:05am on 25 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    As we can't ask political questions, like how the Council for welfare for immigrants can get a Judicial review on the Governments immigration policy and can only talk about beaches, perhaps the best beach experience in the world was one I got after a 10 hour charter flight, a transfer in a launch the crossed the open Indian ocean that rivalled any white knuckle fair ground ride as it meant climbing and crashing over a three metre swell, to arrive at Ari Atoll. Here there has not pier to disembark on and we had to take off our shoes roll up our trousers and wade ashore across white coral sand with the warm Indian ocean lapping over our feet. It was orgasmic bliss!

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  • 106. At 09:12am on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Morning IM - Coffee?

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  • 107. At 09:20am on 25 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Give him a large brandy.

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  • 108. At 09:25am on 25 Sep 2010, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Alan (106) I'd steer clear of the caffeine for IM, it surely wouldn't help his blood pressure!

    Morning all! It's ages since I made it to the Beach. Any coffee going?

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  • 109. At 09:34am on 25 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    No stimulant needed not after going for a two mile run on a bright crisp morning, a run that took me to an elevation of 200metres above sea level that gave me views across the countryside of southern England. No amount of caffeine stimulant could beat that as a start for the day,

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  • 110. At 09:36am on 25 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Coffee with brandy? Sounds fine to me. After all, it's Saturday, and the day's gardening work will soon burn it up...

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  • 111. At 09:43am on 25 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    105. IMOORE

    • "As we can't ask political questions, like how the Council for welfare for immigrants can get a Judicial review on the Governments immigration policy and can only talk about beaches, "

    Well, if you do want to have a chat about that, there's always the Brow, and while we're at it we can discuss some oily black footprints on a certain coral beach....

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  • 112. At 09:49am on 25 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    111/

    Thanks, thought it was dead.

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  • 113. At 10:19am on 25 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    That lamb tikka dash just right. I am now happily breathing fumes over my patients. I may try and persuade my good lady to try ramseys curry house winner tonight.

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  • 114. At 10:32am on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Sun & Rain is correct about one thing. It is about time the Camel Race was had.

    So in the Spirit of the Absent Organiser may I formally announce the ANNUAL BEACH CLASSIC NICK CLARKE MEMORIAL CAMEL RACE

    The prize is this rather lovely crystal cut glass box. Sorry about the sellotape, there was an incident at the swing.

    Referring back to the early entries of the 23 August Beach

    I note on the card we have:

    Camp - Gillianian
    Sopwith - P_Nutt
    Extreme Pleasure - Fifi
    Sleeping Policeman - Ellis P Otter
    Camellia and Clematis - nikki noodle
    Phred Phlange - Trevor Mansell

    Now where's The Intermittent Horse who, I understand, runs the book.

    I vote for IMOORE as steward as he's always right!

    Any more entries for the race? To be run during extended Saturday PM this afternoon!

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  • 115. At 10:55am on 25 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    I'll be riding Mahasamatman, but he answers to just plain "Sam"

    ;-)

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  • 116. At 11:45am on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I'll be riding Phar Lap. Catch me if you can!

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  • 117. At 11:56am on 25 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    I'll prepare the barbecue at the finish line.

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  • 118. At 12:13pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    and I'll make sure NCs is fully stocked.

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  • 119. At 12:23pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Sopwith needs a hay refill!

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  • 120. At 12:33pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Anyhoo what time is the off?

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  • 121. At 12:39pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh, chaps, we can't just ride in any old speedos and/or grass skirts you know. A girl has to be co-ordinated. I'll be in green and gold.

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  • 122. At 1:00pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    120 - weigh in at half past four thirty o'clock!

    The race to begin when the giggling dies down!

    Silk speedos compulsory hats optional!

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  • 123. At 1:03pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Ahh, I already see a problem use the timepiece borrowed from the Today studio. Hopefully, it'll be sunny enough use the sundial instead.

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  • 124. At 1:05pm on 25 Sep 2010, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    How can to tell which is the Irish Santa???











































    He's the one with the easter eggs! (BOOM BOOM!)

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  • 125. At 1:12pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    This week's training has been a bit of a revelation.
    But thats what happens if you attempt to ride two mounts, I guess

    So, for the race this afternoon, Camelia will be pace-maker for her twin, Clematis. And I shall attemp to remain in the saddle for slightly furher than the first dune, in the dusky khaki strip.

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  • 126. At 1:29pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Mine are covered in pink splodges - I've been painting walls and mistook my speedos for a paint rag ;o(

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  • 127. At 2:36pm on 25 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    The pink splotches are fetching though. I have decided on the camel skin speedos. Made with love from the camel that came last in the previous race. Will remind my camel, "Eyes left" that being last is not a good option.

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  • 128. At 3:47pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    nikki, are you riding two camels, a foot on each, Ben Hur style?

    Are we girls allowed tops made from coconut halves? Suspect wearing just silk speedos might give us an advantage and want to play fair.

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  • 129. At 3:54pm on 25 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Yes Lady Sue, but please pour away the coconut milk first.

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  • 130. At 4:14pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Right then. Trilby - check. Binoculars - check. Hip flask - check. Spare hip flask - check. Backup spare hip flask - check. Brolly - check. Shooting stick – check. Picnic hamper – check. Really big tartan rug – check. Racing Post (other gambling rags available) – check.

    OK. Off to find a good vantage spot. That bar stool at NCs looks tops...

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  • 131. At 4:16pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    'Weigh in'? You must be joking! Is this the Weight Watchers Derby?

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  • 132. At 4:21pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    What a lovely bunch of coconuts.

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  • 133. At 4:22pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Okay here is the final line up (unless somebody enters while I am typing):-

    1) Camp - Gillianian (pink blotches)
    2) Sopwith - P_Nutt (Air Force blue)
    3) Extreme Pleasure - Fifi (Elfin green)
    4) Sleeping Policeman - Ellis P Otter (elephant grey)
    5) Camellia and Clematis - nikki noodle (pink and yellow)
    6) Phred Phlange - Trevor Mansell (manly denim)
    7) Mahasamatman - Anne Peake (squirrel red)
    8) Phar Lap - Lady Sue (green and gold)
    9) Eyes Left - Stewart M (Yorkshire red)

    Due to the lack of any bookie the odds have not been calculated. It's a free for all.

    Runners and riders - please report to the paddock!

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  • 134. At 4:26pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    I understand that Extreme Pleasure is very fancied from Sleeping Policeman.

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  • 135. At 4:26pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    The winners will be the first three jockey who post a comment at or after 16:59 as recorded by the blog clock.

    Any posts before then will be commentary!

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  • 136. At 4:28pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Where's the steward?

    Alan_N maybe you can kick us of at 4:30?

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  • 137. At 4:30pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Let's have a glass of bubbly before we start...%*@%*@...it wouldn't hurt the camels, eh?

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  • 138. At 4:34pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    And they're under starter's orders...

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  • 139. At 4:35pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    And they're off!

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  • 140. At 4:37pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    My camels going the wrong way!

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  • 141. At 4:38pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Oh heck...which way are we going? Towards the palm trees or the dunes?

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  • 142. At 4:39pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    The dunes! The dunes!

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  • 143. At 4:44pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Side by side - it's the siblings Camellia and Clematis, neck and neck!

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  • 144. At 4:44pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Camp's coming up on the inside ;o)

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  • 145. At 4:45pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    With the jocket juggling some coconuts in between them...

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  • 146. At 4:47pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    It's a two-camel race!!!!

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  • 147. At 4:51pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Here comes Extreme Pleasure.....

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  • 148. At 4:53pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Always a slow starter, but shows well towards the end

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  • 149. At 4:57pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    United as a team...it's the siblings again...Hang on, n-n!!

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  • 150. At 4:57pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Gracious there's a camel running on sprouts! Smells a bit but jolly fast!

    Go Sopwith!

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  • 151. At 4:59pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    The Sleeping Policeman's putting in a late effort...

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  • 152. At 5:01pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    have I won?

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  • 153. At 5:01pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    And we've reached the bottom line!!!!!

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  • 154. At 5:02pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    A photo finish!

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  • 155. At 5:03pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    woah, girls, woah!!!

    Camelia, Clematis, easy!! stop, i say!!!
    Halt!!!
    Cease!!!
    Desist!!!!

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh

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  • 156. At 5:03pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    A narrow victory, surely, Mr Starter?!

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  • 157. At 5:06pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    But the stewards say it's Camellia and Clematis by a short coconut shell.

    Second was Camp, third was Sopwith but - what's this?

    It seems the rest of the field has been overcome by fumes emanating from Sopwith! Quite remarkable.

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  • 158. At 5:06pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    They think it's all over...

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  • 159. At 5:07pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    I'd walk a mile for a camel.

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  • 160. At 5:07pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    I demand a Stewart's enquiry!!

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  • 161. At 5:09pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    OK. Hang on.

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  • 162. At 5:09pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Well done all! If Sleeping Policeman had not decided to have a lie down I might have had a chance ...

    All too exciting. Where's that champers Gillianian?

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  • 163. At 5:09pm on 25 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    The barbecue's heating up now that the food has arrived.
    Would anyone like a chop?

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  • 164. At 5:10pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Nope. I was right the first time. The camera doesn't lie.

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  • 165. At 5:13pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    what a race!!!

    I'd like to start by saying two small words: "thank you"

    Thankyou to the other candidates, the runners and riders, to the back room boys and girls, to the Steward and all the race officials, and most of all to the love affair of my life - Camelia and Clematis - the ride of my life!

    And I'd like to say this: to the public at large - I hear you! Yes, I lost the last race; yes, my team were focussed on their own departments, but from now on, we will look to the FUTURE! By backing me...
    (cont, pgs 92 - 117)

    n-n
    xx

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  • 166. At 5:26pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    My Camel has two flat tyres.............who put the tacks on the track?

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  • 167. At 5:28pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    I demand a recount, no one even rode Ed Camel!
    ;-)

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  • 168. At 5:30pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh dear! Missed the start and fell too far behind to catch up.

    *These coconuts are very heavy*

    Congratulations to n-n - is that a cross betweeen a Faux Oscar Speech and a Party Political Broadcast.

    Thank goodness Gillianian had the champers ready.

    *holds out (spare) half-coconut* %*@%*@%*@%*@%*@%*@

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  • 169. At 5:35pm on 25 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Do you have another half-coconut shell that I could bolrrow Sue? :-D

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  • 170. At 5:40pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Are all your hip flasks empty Alan?

    You sound like a herd of Swiss cattle!

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  • 171. At 5:42pm on 25 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    I think I won on third preferences.

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  • 172. At 5:42pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Sure Alan, I cracked open a whole pile of them over on the sand dune before I got a pair the right size. ;o)

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  • 173. At 5:51pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    ta, Lady Sue!
    to be honest, I think it was last night's curry that powered the girls ahead. I know Ellis reckon'ed on Sopworths' fumes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that both my two were partially self-propelled on gas...

    Here, let's crack open another crate (or two) of bubbly, and see if we can't sink a few rounds of coconut-shell-full's!!

    Seeing as we're all parched and that, let's throw another few chops on Lucien's barbie (by the way, is there plenty of candy floss too???!) and stoke up the fire

    and i am hoping that Gillian hasnt got stuck on her pink blotches

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  • 174. At 5:53pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    LS 168, So, it's horseradish on beef, applesause on pork, redcurrant/cranberry on venison, and catch up on camel.

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  • 175. At 5:54pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    You're welcome n-n. Thank goodness the race is over and the beach has returned to smelling of ocean air and seaweed.

    Here are some deliciously marinated tofu-cube skewers with onion, peppers and mushrooms for the vegetarians (or trying to be) amongst us. More champagne is always a good idea!

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  • 176. At 6:00pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Some of the runners still haven't come in, I think they must be doing the long course.

    They'll probably have stories of their own when they turn up, if we're still standing by then.

    Venison and beef?

    A courageous choice Dave. Go for it! I say.

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  • 177. At 6:10pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    LS 175, Sorry, I'm teetotal...

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  • 178. At 6:11pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 176, Sue doesn't even reply to posts that talk about meat.

    Duck or grouse.

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  • 179. At 6:14pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 176, But she goes along with with torturing camels by racing them. What if one breaks a leg? Let's have a tofu race. I'm sure it could be molded into animals. Sue said my wife is trying to steal her chickens on Facebook.

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  • 180. At 6:16pm on 25 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Tijme for a glass of really tannic red wine (Cahors) and some camel curry.

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  • 181. At 6:23pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Well!
    That was fun!
    Can I have my Speedos back please Stewart?
    I have impotent things to do tomorrow with Peeps playing with a small white ball and some clubs and I need to look my best.
    ;-)

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  • 182. At 6:26pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    impotent things to do?

    That'd be golf...

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  • 183. At 6:40pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    182....spot on!

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  • 184. At 6:54pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    P Nutt - well done on third by the way.

    n-n always had the advantage riding siblings all the way!

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  • 185. At 6:58pm on 25 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Thanks Ellis but the odds were against me.
    My Sprout coloured Speedos are in the wash and I had nothing to put the other riders orf!
    ;-)

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  • 186. At 8:19pm on 25 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    oih! Who did that?
    I left half a turtle on the beach marinating in a calvados based sauce.
    It looks like a load of big animals have got the humph and trodden all over it. Now it's covered in sand.

    Anyone care to explain?

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  • 187. At 8:45pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    a) running off quicklyAlan was in charge! We just followed along!

    b) innocently whistling Hi EJ! Gosh! What happened here?

    c) WHO THE HECK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? putting turtles on the race track where they could interfere with the camels! You are an animal hater!

    d) Actually, no. Best not to explain... let's just clean it off and I think we can make a decent turtle supper.

    Choose your preferred answer!

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  • 188. At 9:09pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Teetotal dav, but having some tannic red wine (Cahors)? Odd. You sweet (long-suffering) wife has offered to sell me some Farmville chickens but, sadly, I don't do Farmville. Wouldn't mind some real ones though.

    *tap* *tap* *tap*

    [Sign Reads]:

    Anyone found being cruel to animals will be forced to walk the plonk.

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  • 189. At 9:10pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    dav, that should, of course read: "your sweet (long-suffering) wife..."

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  • 190. At 9:24pm on 25 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Sorry for going off in a strop - n-n, I love you as a brother, and Lady Sue, you were right to enter the race.

    *Hangs head in shame*

    Now we'll work together to tackle the surfeit - chuck another steak on the barbie, and I'll open another bottle!

    *fffzzzzzzshshshshpop!*

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  • 191. At 9:59pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    * shouts from the starting line *

    Can someone please help me with these coconut halves?

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  • 192. At 10:00pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I'll be in the treehouse looking out for Mahasamatman, Extreme Pleasure and Eyes Left who have yet to come the after race party!

    Kindly keep my new coconut shell on a rope device refilled, each time I lower it.

    Good news! My imaginary friend Nataliya has returned with a rather brittle opinion of her last crush. So I can dream in peace.

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  • 193. At 10:03pm on 25 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Another glorious day in this exquisite Indian Summer of ours.

    AND the co-op was still open when we got back.

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  • 194. At 10:05pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Zoiks, Fifi!swings down on rope to assist

    Quick - you could get a creditable fifth place or thereabouts!

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  • 195. At 10:17pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Hang on, I've just seen Horse in the Brow - really missed him here today.

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  • 196. At 10:22pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    Ellis, thank you ... they were slipping rather badly ... but couldn't you have warmed your hands up first?

    Sorry everyone for being so out of breath. My camel refused to cross the starting line and I've had to carry it across my shoulders. Probably accounts for the coconut shells problem - it would keep wriggling.

    What I could really do with now is a large glass of something red and antipodean. There's a tap behind the bar which Val Pedant installed as my present for Christmas 2006, attached to a shiraz pipeline. I'll just wander over, set down my camel, and pour myself a reviving snifter...

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  • 197. At 10:26pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    *blush* sorry! I'm rather a clumsy bloke at times.

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  • 198. At 10:27pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:


    A massive 'three cheers' to Ellis P Otter for getting the starting line up today, let's hope every one makes it across the line soonish...


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  • 199. At 10:31pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    Will there be a Steward's Inquiry into the legitimacy of Mr Noodle riding 2 camels when the rest of us only had one each? In which case, we'd better also find out whether I should be disqualified for being ridden by my camel.

    Complicated isn't it? I need to lie down.

    *slurp!*

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  • 200. At 10:33pm on 25 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Discovered this afternoon why women are shorter than men.

    It all came about after wire fences funded by the EU became all the fshion in the countryside.

    Since then men can't afford to be short and keep the wedding tackle.

    Unless they're willing to stay in the paddock.



    Talking of which, no one has mentioned brown envelopes and the illegal betting behind the Beach Huts.

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  • 201. At 10:34pm on 25 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    Fifi, welcome, sorry to hear about extreme pleasure, hope your shoulders are ok
    Gillian: tee hee!! that was a giggle, I love you as a brother too, lets see if we can't breathe a bit of zip and zing into this party together!!!

    *pours*

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  • 202. At 10:38pm on 25 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Great race!


    You know, I think we could plant the rhubarb right there where they ran.

    Though the deer may eat it, because this blog is somewhere Radio 4 doesn't go any more.

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  • 203. At 10:43pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    I would not have believed it if I hadn't seen it: Extreme Pleasure is lounging on the purple hammock sipping sangria through a straw! I suspect it's not a real camel at all. And here's the evidence for my theory.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzNM0ZDlPE4

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  • 204. At 10:44pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    And on the big screen at the back West Side Story Somewhere - ballet style

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  • 205. At 10:50pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    Choreographer: Justin P Cowan. Interesting!

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  • 206. At 10:58pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    S&R - Always so practical. Will rhubarb grow in such salty ground? I think we need to defer to Sid (or Mrs Sid) for advice on that.

    205 - Nope, just a random number punched in after I placed my sixpence while I was hoping to find something like what you actually found.

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  • 207. At 10:58pm on 25 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh, after that big race today and all the post race excitement, I'm ready for some hot chocolate and to turn in with a good book.

    Night camels, night froggers, night John-Boy...

    zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz z zz zzzzz

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  • 208. At 11:04pm on 25 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Damn! I shoulda known better than to take Sam out! Spent all his time changing skins. Is there any BBQ left?

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  • 209. At 11:20pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Sorry!

    But there's plenty of champers!

    Still searching for Eyes Left. We've never lost a camel yet, have we?

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  • 210. At 11:29pm on 25 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Oh heck, I just got a text from an un-named country mentioning Phred Phlange was never in the race. I should have said he was a no-show. Am I in big trouble now?

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  • 211. At 11:49pm on 25 Sep 2010, Fifi wrote:

    I demand a recount!

    Or maybe a rerun of the race. But in the style of one of the ceilidh dances at which I have been known to contribute to the alleged music, we might introduce a special rule that all competitors must find a 'novel' way of running the course. Suggestions include:

    * backwards
    * using fewer than the maximum number of legs
    * wheelbarrow-style
    * in fancy dress (Speedos and coconut shells won't count, sorry, as those are considered 'normal dress' for Beach purposes)

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  • 212. At 07:00am on 26 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    *yawns* *stretches* *blinks*

    All quiet and party-free on the beach on a Saturday night? What's the world coming to? Still, at least I got a good night's sleep and can tiptoe around snorning froggers and dozing camels to rustle up some pancakes for a Sunday morning treat.

    *fossicks in cupboards*

    1. Bowl
    2. Frypan
    3. Sugar
    4. Lemons

    *fossicks in fridge*

    5. Butter
    6. Milk

    *fossicks around Trilby, Binoculars, Hip flasks (multiple), Brollys, Shooting stick, Picnic hamper, discarded Racing Post, lump under really big tartan rug*

    WHOOPS! Sorry Alan... back to sleep.

    *fossicks on shelves* *fossicks under bar* *fossicks under pile of discarded half coconut shells* *fossicks behind piles of multi-coloured speedos*

    Curses! No eggs anywhere...

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  • 213. At 07:20am on 26 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Mmmph, who was that? Can’t a chap have a Sunday lie in around here? Oh well, seeing as how I’m up now, box of eggs on the bar courtesy of Geraldine. They may not be large, but they are perfectly formed.

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  • 214. At 09:37am on 26 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    LSW 198, Ever lived with a nurse?

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  • 215. At 09:47am on 26 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Blue sky from horizon to horizon, but no sign of Eyes Left. Poor Stewart must be lost somewhere out there...

    But more importantly ... mmm pancakes!

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  • 216. At 10:02am on 26 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    He may be some time, Ellis - I'm afraid I sent him on a Stewart's Enquiry. It was meant as a joke - I asked him to find out which travelled the fastest - a camel, a wild goose or a red herring. I guess he's having trouble with the red herring.

    Her's some syrup for the pancakes.

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  • 217. At 12:46pm on 26 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    And here's the missing "e". It's a hard slog getting here today - I think we need a beach buggy or two.
    I'll put the rib of beef on a slow roast...in the hope that there's someone around to eat it later ;o)

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  • 218. At 1:12pm on 26 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Just time to clear up all the used betting slips before lunch then.

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  • 219. At 4:43pm on 26 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    What's that gently bubbling in the cauldron by the fire? It smells delicious...

    A quiet day after all the excitement and deserved I'm sure. The only drawback to a beautiful day like today, at this time of year, is the chill of the night to come.

    A relaxed evening telling fayrie stories and singing folk songs by the fire may be the ideal end to this weekend before the chaos starts again in the morning.

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  • 220. At 4:45pm on 26 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Back at last. Took some time getting the camel and turtle stains out of Mr Nutt's borrowed speedos. But they are now nice and crisp with neat starched creases and back to sprout green. (its like landrover green but sproutier)

    There is some 7 year old party food left. That's food from a party for a 7 year old, not 7 year old food. Sausage rolls, ham buns, cheese buns. Grapes, apple wedges. It does appear that only the healthier stuff seems to have been left.

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  • 221. At 5:20pm on 26 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    219
    Don't touch it Ellis, it belongs to Big Sister.
    ;o)

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  • 222. At 5:42pm on 26 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    That's the last time I take on making pancakes for the 5,000. Still, yummy thanks to the syrup. Suppose it's nearly time to start catering for dinner. Who'd want to be a chef? Glad I'm only a Suechef.

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  • 223. At 6:11pm on 26 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I'm not doing any work today Lady Sue! Basically, knackered!

    It's a shame Leonid's gone to visit his sick Mum. I'll have to up his imaginary pay when he returns.

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  • 224. At 6:38pm on 26 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Ah, just what's neede for the cauldron - a candyfloss-loving toad.

    In you go! ;o)

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  • 225. At 6:41pm on 26 Sep 2010, nikki noodle wrote:

    oooh my head

    mind you, I;ve not been up long. Bracing swim out to the reef will be just the thing

    then maybe them rib of beefs, and the left over pancakes, and the birthday fuud....

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  • 226. At 7:21pm on 26 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Wow, well thank goodness all the runners and riders are accounted for. I would have hated an incident!

    Jelly and fizzy pop with prime beef ribs?

    Well beggars can't be choosers... I'm putting a napkin round my neck bib style

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  • 227. At 9:49pm on 26 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Stumbling around in exhaustion Ellis bumps into the jukebox

    A record flips into play and Ellis sits down to watch the little screen One Heart

    I'd forgotten all about that movie...

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  • 228. At 10:14pm on 26 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Watchng this year's still grey plummaged gulls, here on the Beach.

    So help me, they've been doing their best - down by the shore line in the evening, in a millimetre or two of sea water, or in the shallow pool of run-off water behind the dunes on the Beach.

    You'd think with parental example it'd soon be musselling, crab catching, a few tiddlers - all tasty and wholesome.

    But the parents are up on the Parade and in the town raiding dustbins and scavenging on the town recycle sites.

    And today......TODAY....the gulllings were gathered round the spring on the Beach, by where the donkeys rest between walks.

    And feeding them, with chips do-ugh-nuts and fried fish batter were three people.

    Everyone knows about bad gull parenting, but without the temptations of sandwich crusts and bits of pasty we offer them and their gulllings in their turn the would be less inclined to abdicate their repsponsibilities.

    S&R, Chair, Gull Liberation Party

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  • 229. At 11:45pm on 26 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Ellis, you are OC jukebox, as agreed by one 'n' all.

    Can you help?

    I can't find film to do this justice

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5avwwayGgKw

    All help welcome.

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  • 230. At 10:47am on 27 Sep 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Ping pong stereo from 67 :-) Nice track..

    Now although it's a dull day, there's some coffee on the NC bar and some home made shortbread so all tuck in ...

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  • 231. At 11:12am on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    SaR 228, Gullible, aren't you?

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  • 232. At 11:21am on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    BS 224, Grandpa's beard?

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  • 233. At 11:47am on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    FACEBOOK OUTAGE LEAVES MILLIONS WITHOUT FRIENDS
    REMINDER
    Dying is easy, getting insurance is hard.

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  • 234. At 12:01pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps.

    Got a jolly good soaking yesterday photographings mad Peeps wacking hard little white balls around in Mid No folk and we lost. But the meal at the end more then made up for it!

    Laptop PC has died this morning.......No bootable devices-- Strike F1..etc.

    :-(

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  • 235. At 12:08pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    Thought for today:

    The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
    -- William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"

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  • 236. At 12:12pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    234. P Nutt

    • "No bootable devices-- Strike F1..etc.
      "

    Bootable disks:
    http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
    and
    http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/
    and
    try removing the battery, unplugging the mains, and holding down the power button for a few seconds. Then replace, plug in and try a start.

    Good luck

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  • 237. At 12:32pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    236 Anne Peake.

    Thanks........ but not when you can hear the HD going click, clickety click, click, clickety click......click, clickety click. as the read/ write heads slam to and fro!

    :-)

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  • 238. At 12:38pm on 27 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    P Nutt, HDD has become a preserved railway? Clickety Click, Clickety Clack.

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  • 239. At 12:42pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    237. P Nutt

    • "but not when you can hear the HD going click, clickety click,"


    Precisely then! It's trying to find a boot file. Give it one on a Rescue cd.

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  • 240. At 1:23pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Cultural recreation on the Beach:


    Golden mean, what golden mean?

    http://www.egon-schiele.net/Self-Portrait-With-Arm-Twisting-Above-Head.jpg

    In a capital city (nowhere) near you. At an exhibition there.


    Where is Wrench when you need him?

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  • 241. At 2:06pm on 27 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Re: Post 237 (P Nutt)

    Ouch. Sounds as though you need a new HDD. It might be worthwhile opening up the laptop, removing the HDD, and seeing what kind of connectors it uses. If there's any chance you can plug it into your desktop, then I've heard rumours that placing a HDD in the freezer for a few hours can temporarily revive it if all else fails. Obviously it wouldn't be safe to boot from it, but if you can bring it up long enough to copy over any essential files...

    I had the reverse problem when my lappy died - it was the MoBo (when it reboots itself a few seconds after switch on, you know something's not right!). Healthy HDD now installed in Desktop, and I can now run Vista virtualised from within Mandriva.

    -oOo-

    But anyway, enough tech talk for now - everyone's already running for the dunes...

    Let's tempt them back with a moratorium on tech talk for the next three hours, a jug of Pimm's, and a freezer stocked with a variety of ices.

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  • 242. At 2:16pm on 27 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    In Post 240, SunandRain wrote:

    • In a capital city (nowhere) near you. At an exhibition there.


    Ah, Vienna (through looking at the site's home page). Plenty of other artists there - but it's perhaps more famous for being the home of the Waltz.

    All together now (Johann Strauss II, On The Beautiful Blue Danube):

    La la la laaaa, doo-doo, doo doo! (x6)
    La la la la laaa, la la laaaa, la la laa la laa la laa (da da da!)

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  • 243. At 2:22pm on 27 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Give us a twirl, mittfh ;o)

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@.....ouch!

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  • 244. At 2:29pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    239 Anne Peake.

    Not allowed to.

    Company policy is that only IT dept are allowed to do that. And as it is a Dell Latitude D505 14Gb HD, 5212Mb RAM and with over eight years continuous use on the clock.....it's gonna be binned!

    :-)

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  • 245. At 2:53pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    244. P Nutt

    • "it's gonna be binned!"

    responsibly recycled, I presume....does sound like it doesn't owe you much - bit of a clunker by today's standards...

    R.I.P.

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  • 246. At 3:00pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    It is three and time for a nice sit down with a cup of tea and enormous packet of *chocolate biscuits.

    *other biscuits are probably available.

    :-)

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  • 247. At 3:01pm on 27 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    In Post 245, Anne Peake wrote:

    • R.I.P.


    The expansion of which, for electronic devices, is: Rust In Pieces
    Or perhaps nowadays, given the WEEEE directive, Recycle In Pieces.

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  • 248. At 3:01pm on 27 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Re: Post 243 (Gillianian)

    Dizzyness from all that spinning, plus two left feet don't a great dancer make!

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  • 249. At 3:08pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    A WEEE bit sobering

    • "In a bid to emphasise the importance of this directive, in April 2005 the Royal Society of Arts in the UK (in conjunction with Canon) unveiled a 7 metre tall sculpture entitled 'WEEE Man' on London's South Bank, made from 3.3 tonnes of electrical goods - the average amount of electrical waste one UK individual creates in a lifetime."


    ;-)

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  • 250. At 4:01pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I had an ancient SW transistor radio in Africa.

    It ate through batteries, had rubbish reception, the aerial would not extend, and eventually the tuning knob and string thing broke.

    So I bought a lovely new one and threw mine into the local landfill.

    Some days later, I saw my old radio playing on the windowsill of a local village house wired up to a knackered old car battery with a bit of metal sticking out the side as a makeshift tuner and there was a long piece of stripped electrical flex attached at one end to the aerial socket and the other to the branch of a nearby tree.

    It sounded great!

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  • 251. At 4:25pm on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 250, Are you sure you weren't in Cuba?

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  • 252. At 4:27pm on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AP 249, Wee man, mannequin pis?

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  • 253. At 4:41pm on 27 Sep 2010, annasee wrote:

    All that heartbreak for one of the Millibands - could they not have formed a coalition & ruled between them? I'm sure it's been done before. Somewhere.

    Sorry for interrupting the Beach - just talking out loud in a daydream really. I'll get back to peeling apples for apple crumble... They just keep falling off the tree!

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  • 254. At 4:58pm on 27 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    P Nutt, 5 gig of ram in a 7 year old pc. Wow!

    Just think, you will get something shiny and new, possible with win7 160gig Hdd Mimimum 2 Gb RAM, Bluetooth, wifi,and it will still take 5 minutes to boot up.

    Think the Pimms is calling me now.

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  • 255. At 5:13pm on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    SM 254, Our computer is quite old anmd gets up a head of steam in a couple of minutes. It also sends a wifi signal to my wife's laptop downstairs. Don't know nuffink about gigabytes, bugbites or any other bytes.

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  • 256. At 5:18pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    254. Stewart_M

    • "and it will still take 5 minutes to boot up."


    That's the Wonder of Windoze!

    My W7 comes up with firefox and Photoshop both running in under 30 seconds, but that's because it's virtuously running under linux....

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  • 257. At 5:32pm on 27 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Who let this herd of nerds onto the beech? ;-)

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  • 258. At 5:32pm on 27 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Did someone mention chocolate biscuits?

    mittfh(248) Sorry if I trod on your toes - I can't do it in heels any more ;o)

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  • 259. At 5:36pm on 27 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Oh heck, Alan - they've escaped into the radio - Eddie's caught one on PM ;o)

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  • 260. At 5:43pm on 27 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    SM 254, PS Found the sales slip. Bought in 2003.

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  • 261. At 5:43pm on 27 Sep 2010, Anne P wrote:

    Those worms get everywhere!

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  • 262. At 6:58pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Well I am gald someone is awake...Stewart_M!

    Anyhoo, who is for game of "Toss the Sprout".

    The Frogger wot can toss their Sprout the furthest gets a free go in 'The Sparkly Hammock of Heavenly Delights' and a very large glass of Scrumpy.

    :-)

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  • 263. At 7:03pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Sorry P Nutt, I'm busy - experimenting with a new idea for onion gravy.

    Could take all night as I want to make something rather special.

    No sprouts allowed.

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  • 264. At 7:05pm on 27 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    I think you'll find it's sprouts aloud

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  • 265. At 7:09pm on 27 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:

    262. P Nutt

    They don't call me Sid the [*] for nothing, you know ...

    *insert word that fails the profanity filter here.

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  • 266. At 7:24pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Sid, didn't know you is a 'Boy Scout'.

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  • 267. At 7:28pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    258 Gillianianianian, neither can I.

    Also had to ditch swinging off of the chandelier as well, me back not being up to it. An' 'off of the top of the wardrobe' is no longer possible since we had the new built in ones fitted.

    :-(

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  • 268. At 7:28pm on 27 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 269. At 7:34pm on 27 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Does anybody here remember an infant teacher caller Miss Prosser?

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  • 270. At 7:35pm on 27 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Why don't we chuck the sprouts instead of tossing them? That'll get round the profanity filter, won't it?

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  • 271. At 7:36pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    We climbed a mountain behind the Beach and saw the river running strongly to the sea in the middle of it's own valley, ignoring the meanders of it's own banks.

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  • 272. At 7:40pm on 27 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Mac: 100 times, please - 'its its its ...'

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  • 273. At 7:54pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    He's an old dog Sid, new tricks like apostrophes can distract the flow of philosophical meandering.

    Meantime, honey is the SECRET to a very special onion gravy, along with the finest sausages and rich mash.

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  • 274. At 7:57pm on 27 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    256

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9LuLHJXbiY



    .....and when it gets unbearable..


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cJRRc8FToQ&feature=related

    (:-)

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  • 275. At 8:10pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Anyhoo, who is for game of "Chuck the Sprout".

    The Frogger wot can lob their Sprout the furthest gets a free go in 'The Sparkly Gold Plated Hammock of Heavenly Delights' and two very large glasses of Scrumpy.

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  • 276. At 8:11pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    :-p

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  • 277. At 8:13pm on 27 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    NO Sid, you cannot toss Boy Scouts......Sprouts or nothing mate.

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  • 278. At 8:40pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    This is possibly the second best onion gravy I have ever made.

    I must write this recipe down!

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  • 279. At 8:42pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Oops sorry, wrong blog - that was meant to go somewhere else entirely

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  • 280. At 9:53pm on 27 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Two things: I've had a ghastly couple of daze and so need to chill out and isn't someone we know and love suddenly reduced to a number?

    Also: missing GBs - anyone else missing same?

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  • 281. At 10:41pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Lady Sue - may I use your pics? I am working on a plan...

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  • 282. At 11:17pm on 27 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Lady Sue - I've nicked a picture of yours for an idea that may or may not work... a tribute site that could be more trouble than it's worth.

    Still it's just an experiment.

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  • 283. At 11:51pm on 27 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    PNutt, Managed 15 feet with my small green beauty. Its been soaked in vinegar and I varnished it (Similar technique to conkers)

    Speaking of conkers I'm off up the tree to pick a decent one before elf and safe tea tell us we might hurt ourselves playing with the nuts.

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  • 284. At 07:29am on 28 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    282 - You seem to have attracted some familiar trade...

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  • 285. At 07:35am on 28 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®


    Tea, coffe and warm crossaunts now available at NC's. The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Juice Delights has topped up the Juice fountain.

    Congratulations to Stewart_M for his enormous toss!
    Best we pick up all these Sprouts befoe the Camels stumble upon them. Camels + Sprouts = global warming.

    :-)

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  • 286. At 08:55am on 28 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    284 - ;-) Gosh, what a surprise!

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  • 287. At 09:46am on 28 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Excess potato from last night + leftover spouts = improvised colcannon as an early brunch dish with crispy bacon!

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  • 288. At 10:03am on 28 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Colcannon made with leftover sprouts???

    :-*

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  • 289. At 10:35am on 28 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Is it my imagination or is Eddie rarely mentioning the blog on PM? He mentions iPM, though.

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  • 290. At 10:50am on 28 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:

    289. davmcn

    No, not your imagination, I don't think. Rather sad.

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  • 291. At 1:03pm on 28 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Re: Post 255 (davmcn)

    Bits Bytes Chips Clocks
    Bits in bytes on chips in box.
    Bytes with bits and chips with clocks.
    Chips in box on ether-docks.

    Excerpted from:
    A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer
    © 1994 Gene Ziegler
    Read the entire poem on the author's site.

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  • 292. At 4:17pm on 28 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Too much cloud - can't tell if the sun is over the yardarm yet.

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  • 293. At 4:28pm on 28 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Here, borrow my torch.

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  • 294. At 4:39pm on 28 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    mittfh 291, That's about my speed. That and those Dummies books.

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  • 295. At 4:42pm on 28 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Sid 290, Now he will mention it tonight. Or maybe he will make a last post on each thread then close it for further entries. Sort of the last post.

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  • 296. At 4:44pm on 28 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Ellis@282:o) I've just seen yours and clicked through to the tribute site - will leave a message just as soon as I figure out how!

    Back from tromping through dripping trees - can't see the woods for them.

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  • 297. At 5:05pm on 28 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Thanks Lady Sue - tell your friends!

    For others going through Glass Box withdrawal here's some help

    ;-)

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  • 298. At 5:21pm on 28 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 297, I don't miss the Glass Boxes, but I miss Looter.

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  • 299. At 5:25pm on 28 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 278, I make onion gravy by making a packet of onion soup bought in France then whizzing it up to break up the pieces of onion. OK, I don't, but it sounds like a good idea. Let me know if it works. After you go to France and buy the soup. And yes, packets of soup bought in France are better than those sold here. And if I say they are, they are. So there.

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  • 300. At 6:18pm on 28 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    treble *THWACK*!

    The bookies didn't expect that!

    Yes, Dave French onion soup is a very fine thing. I always recall eating it in the small hours at Les Halles very many years ago on a fine cold morning as the grocers trucks unloaded.

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  • 301. At 8:06pm on 28 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Ah...David French Onion soup, just the job!

    Perhaps a a good choice of starter before we tuck into a Sausage Gerald?

    ;-)

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  • 302. At 8:09pm on 28 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    ..followed by a crept-(Lady)Sue-zette?

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  • 303. At 8:38pm on 28 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    P Nutt: *on fire*

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  • 304. At 10:35pm on 28 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    So I says to Nataliya, what about Luzhkov, I says.

    She says nothing.

    Still in a huff.

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  • 305. At 11:59pm on 28 Sep 2010, Charlotte Webb wrote:

    "A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer
    © 1994 Gene Ziegler
    Read the entire poem on the author's site."


    Priceless!

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  • 306. At 07:14am on 29 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®


    Coffee, tea, toast and a fine selection of marmalades and preserves awaits at NC's.

    The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Juice Delights is scheduled to top up the Juice fountain round about 7.20.





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  • 307. At 07:54am on 29 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    The orange tonker must be stuck in a jam.

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  • 308. At 08:16am on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    There's this interesting looking onion soup instead of the orange juice. Tastes pretty good too...

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  • 309. At 08:57am on 29 Sep 2010, Anne P wrote:

    Marmalade instead of orange jam, and I can offer grape juice in lieu of orange - we have a surfeit of grapes and as they are full of pips juice in all its forms seems the only answer.

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  • 310. At 09:34am on 29 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Something to cheer up a gloomy day (courtesy of P. O'Connell)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh_aG5MzPVM

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  • 311. At 10:04am on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 300, They've ruined Les Halles. I preferred Las Dawson, anyhow.

    A bit of stringy cheese is good in onion soup.

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  • 312. At 10:06am on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Make that Les Dawson. Not to be confused with Las Vegas. Or Johnny Vegas.

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  • 313. At 10:07am on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Sid, He didn't mention it.

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  • 314. At 10:11am on 29 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Gloomy on my stretch of beach too - a good day to get down to brain work indoors.

    ps - don't forget to drop by The Glass Box when you have a chance! (I don't want to upset the mods by linking).

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  • 315. At 10:14am on 29 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Ellis, you are a very clever man. Thanks. :o)

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  • 316. At 11:49am on 29 Sep 2010, Noisette D Agneau wrote:

    Thought for today:

    If you bite the hand that feeds you,
    you shouldn't complain about indigestion.

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  • 317. At 12:58pm on 29 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Lunchtime sausage and fried egg geralds now ready at NC's

    Thanks Ellis

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  • 318. At 1:28pm on 29 Sep 2010, Charlotte Webb wrote:

    Another side of Grandpa's computer?

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  • 319. At 4:21pm on 29 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Charlotte Webb - I don't think I've ever knowingly looked at a heay machinery blog before. However those dinosaur like machines reflect the way my brain has been working today (very slowly trying to sort out a BIG mess).

    And now I have to think of something original involving minced beef.

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  • 320. At 4:22pm on 29 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I'll just throw in this late 'v' to complete my 319

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  • 321. At 4:34pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Add pork mince, onion, lardons, a bun's worth of breadcrumbs and an egg for meatloaf. Serve with a stock and white wine reduction with creme fraiche stired in at the last moment.

    Other ways with mince are available.

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  • 322. At 4:39pm on 29 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I'm feeling less inspired than that... It's going to be good old mince an tatties for me the night.

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  • 323. At 4:42pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    That conjures up images of my granny. The world's worst cook but she had mince 'n' tatties nailed!

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  • 324. At 4:47pm on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 321, How do you stir creme fraiche into meatloaf at the last moment? Me mum never did that.

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  • 325. At 4:49pm on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 321, PS Meatloaf meat sold in the US has three kinds of mince: beef, pork, and veal. (Or something like that.)

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  • 326. At 4:58pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    324 - Good point. You could try stiring the creme fraiche into the reduction - that might work a bit better. Oh, and don't forget to add the jipper.

    Consulted Mrs N on the ingredients issue (she being from the colonies) and she snorted with derision. Anyway, I have some issues with veal. Don't mind eating animals, but like them to be happy first ;-)

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  • 327. At 5:26pm on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 326, I ain't got 3 Michelin stars for nuffink. The meat came in a tray in three segments. I don't want your wife snorting over my food! Where is she from in the colonies? Probably California where they eat fruit and nuts. Me mum was from rural Pennsylvania (known as ridgerunners because the hills weren't big enough to call them hillbillies), not far from Amish country, where they did real home cooking. Roast raccoon, blueberry pies, and all that stuff.

    Do you eat lamb?



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  • 328. At 5:28pm on 29 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 326, The shorter version of raccoon failed the profanity filter. These mods need to get out more. Rural hicks don't go raccoon huntin'.

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  • 329. At 5:29pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Spooky - North Lancaster County in rural PA deep in Amish country. I wonder if we are related...

    Do I look like the sort of a chap who would marry someone from California? ;-)

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  • 330. At 5:30pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Lamb? You bet - bring it on. As long as it's been allowed to gambol around the hills first.

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  • 331. At 6:05pm on 29 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    326 Alan_N

    re Don't mind eating animals, but like them to be happy first

    I have a couple of members of the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha hanging by their back legs in the garage with a 5.5mm hole in the head. They were quite happy hopping around a field in No folk last night, you be quite welcome to one of them.

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  • 332. At 6:09pm on 29 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    331 - Good shootin' Tex! Range?

    I would be delighted, and have an excellent casserole recipe for just this occasion.

    5.5mm?? .22 in surely!

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  • 333. At 7:33pm on 29 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Black puddin and rabbit casserole. Mmmmm

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  • 334. At 7:54pm on 29 Sep 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Rabbit in mustard sauce for me, please.

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  • 335. At 8:03pm on 29 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    I feel like a rabbit jumping from one place to another today and trying to do a bit of work too.

    As a kid, my brother owned the ferrets. However, we shared the hunt and the spoils. Oh many stories...

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  • 336. At 9:17pm on 29 Sep 2010, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    The strangest thing happened to me in Tescburysons earlier today...


    Pea and mint soup. It was strangely alluring, like a Glaswegian Mermaid ;-P

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  • 337. At 11:47pm on 29 Sep 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Wrath, Careful you will be buying Sprouts next.

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  • 338. At 07:13am on 30 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®

    Tea, coffee and for a change, coddled eggs, toast marmite and vegimite is available at NC's.

    The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Delights has been and gone!

    And the low wailing from 'The David Grass Hut of Disappointment' should soon cease.





    I have told his brother to have a word.

    :-)

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  • 339. At 07:14am on 30 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    337 Steawrt_M.

    Has he been trained in the dark arts of Sprout purchasing?

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  • 340. At 10:03am on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 329, Actually, I was born in New Castle in Lawrence County, Pa, but the Amish do have roadside stands in the area selling homemade baked goods. No roasted raccoons, though.

    Is your wife related to the disqualified Tour de France rider Floyd Landis? He is a Mennonite from Lancaster County, I believe. A cheating Mennonite, can you believe it? What is this world coming to?!

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  • 341. At 10:19am on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Here we go, right from an old Pennsylvania cookbook. Meat used in meatloaf (not to be confused with the singer): ground raccoon, ground porcupine (minus quills), ground nittany lion (don't tell Joe Paterno). Substitute poncy citified meat if you want.

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  • 342. At 10:26am on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Actually, I have a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook right in front of me. That's cookery bookery to the GBers. Shoo-Fly pie, anybody?

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  • 343. At 11:59am on 30 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Folks, I come with the sad news of the death of Tony Curtis, whose films I loved.

    A toast to a Hollywood legend.

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  • 344. At 1:38pm on 30 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Very sad news Big Sis. I found out when I got the newsletter - thanks for your link on the CD thread to 'Some Like it Hot'. Such a brilliant film. Also enjoyed the link to 'The Persuaders' - classic TV. Anyone would think I didn't have anything better to do than hang out on the Beach and watch film clips! Fiddle de dee ...

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  • 345. At 1:51pm on 30 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:


    I'm mixing a large jug of Negroni* ... the passing of a legend like Tony Curtis demands nothing less. Do join me as soon as the sun is over the yardarm whichever part of the beach you're on.

    *ice
    equal measures of gin, Campari, red Martini
    slice of orange
    soda water if you want it dilute (don't know why you'd want that)

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  • 346. At 2:11pm on 30 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks, Sid - It is over the yardarm for me on a day like today.

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  • 347. At 2:32pm on 30 Sep 2010, U14595260 wrote:

    Trapeze.

    Goodness, some real Lemmons though.

    Or 'Jacks' as you'd wish to call them here.

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  • 348. At 4:30pm on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    What's all this boo-hooing over Tony Curtis? I've never seen Some Like it Hot or anything else he was in.

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  • 349. At 4:46pm on 30 Sep 2010, Sindy wrote:

    340. davmcn

    If you're into steroids, this'll grab you:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=womens-brains-on-steroids

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  • 350. At 5:03pm on 30 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    « Any volunteers for post 2222 on "The Beach 146"? :)

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  • 351. At 5:04pm on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Sid 349, No, I'm not, but our 17 year old cat is. Not those kind of steroids, though. The link froze my computer and I had to turn off and start again. Beware other posters! Nice photo in the link, though...

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  • 352. At 5:07pm on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Sid 345, I'm surpiised that you got away with the word Negroni after I got a warning for the shortened version of raccoon.

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  • 353. At 5:11pm on 30 Sep 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Courtesy of Google, apparently the misadventures of a pair of stone-age families were first screened on this day, fifty years ago.

    Yabba dabba doo!

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  • 354. At 5:15pm on 30 Sep 2010, davmcn wrote:

    mittfh 350, No, I'm going to watch some paint dry.

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  • 355. At 6:18pm on 30 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Was Tony Curtis the sidekick to Windsor Davis?

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  • 356. At 6:19pm on 30 Sep 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... or am I confusing him with Michael Crawford?

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  • 357. At 7:25pm on 30 Sep 2010, Noisette D Agneau wrote:

    Thought for today (or tonight)

    The early bird might get the worm,
    but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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  • 358. At 7:55pm on 30 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Coincidentally there's a fair bit of cheese in my dinner tonight, but no mouse... unless it's already in the bread.

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  • 359. At 8:40pm on 30 Sep 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Sid, you angel of the cocktail you... any left?

    dav, can't believe you haven't seen Star... I mean 'Some Like it Hot'.

    Nois: lovely. Had forgotten that one.

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  • 360. At 07:19am on 01 Oct 2010, DiY wrote:

    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®

    Anyone seen the new Beach anywhere?

    I will rustle up a quick breakfast and then I think we had better send out a search party.

    The driver of The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Delights is in a foul mood, he doen't know where to make the delivery!

    ;-)

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  • 361. At 08:28am on 01 Oct 2010, Fifi wrote:

    I'm sure there's supposed to be a new Beach by now... oh well, on with the fun fun fun that is a wet Friday at the start of October!

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  • 362. At 08:32am on 01 Oct 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    The chickens don't like it at all. They are getting all ruffled, poor things.

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  • 363. At 09:09am on 01 Oct 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    What? No pristine beach? Tsk tsk...

    There's a photo of Lady Sue's finger on the Glass Box this morning!

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  • 364. At 09:54am on 01 Oct 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    Grrr....for all sorts of reasons....just grrr!

    I'm off to play with Goldilocks. I'll bring back some porridge...my new recipe - it has a tablespoon of ground almonds mixed into it.

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  • 365. At 10:19am on 01 Oct 2010, davmcn wrote:

    LS 359, I heard somebody say that a certain person was only one of three people who had never seen Some Like It Hot. I wonder who the third person is.

    Gill 364, A piece of advice: You should always pick almonds off the tree. Ground almonds might have worms in them.

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  • 366. At 10:20am on 01 Oct 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Freshly squeezed orange juice in abundance. Further supplies will be made available if/when a new Beach appears.

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  • 367. At 10:37am on 01 Oct 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Dave - interesting point inadvertently made! In Zambia, and indeed throughout southern Africa, one of the most popular snacks is ground nuts.

    Little bags of roasted nuts are sold (for about six pence) by the roadside in every village you come across. Yet in all my decade out there no-one ever clarified if they were the same species as peanuts and I never did check myself.

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  • 368. At 6:15pm on 01 Oct 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 367, I think it's because they grow in the ground. Peanuts do.

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  • 369. At 8:45pm on 02 Sep 2011, mittfh wrote:

    Testing, testing, 1, 2, 1, 2.

    Is this an open beach I see before me? There are an awful lot of cobwebs about - has anyone got a duster handy?

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  • 370. At 9:49pm on 02 Sep 2011, Stewart_M wrote:

    Mittfh, Feather Boa's a plenty, Feather dusters will need some searching for.

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  • 371. At 10:23pm on 02 Sep 2011, annasee wrote:

    I say, quite an echo here, isn't there? Place feels a bit chill. Getting autumnal even here. Gather ye blackberries while ye may, & all that. Or am I too late?

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  • 372. At 11:38pm on 02 Sep 2011, jonnie wrote:

    Goodness, fancy stumbling on this beach in the dark! Just like old times. :-)

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  • 373. At 00:29am on 03 Sep 2011, ValeryP wrote:

    What do you mean dark, jonnie - the sun's ALWAYS shining here on The Beach!

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  • 374. At 07:40am on 03 Sep 2011, Anne P wrote:

    Well, well, well (No, not three holes in the ground!) footprints in the sand. And a trail of pink feathers. . . wonder where it leads?

    Ah, I see, I do believe that's a sign to the NC bar under that tide-washed seaweed. Time to see if the solar powered coffee maker still works. And I just happen to have some home made bread and elderberry and crab apple jelly to go with it.

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  • 375. At 09:05am on 03 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    ... and some freshly squeezed orange juice chilling nicely.

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  • 376. At 09:36am on 03 Sep 2011, Anna Cardium wrote:

    And sausages!

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  • 377. At 10:04am on 03 Sep 2011, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Followed the footsteps in the sand, the trail of pink feathers and the ever so enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee against the sweet scent of cross aunts.

    *tap* *tap* *tap*

    [sign reads]

    The Beach is Open for Frolicking Froggers

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  • 378. At 10:07am on 03 Sep 2011, ValeryP wrote:

    And here's a hand-cranked urn of boiling water for those whose taste runs to builder's tea, earl grey, camomile etc.

    Oh - and of course a big humongous cake for the Birthday Girl!!

    Humungous?

    Hmm, spelling seems to have eluded me in the interim......

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  • 379. At 10:22am on 03 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    Whose birthday? Where? Where?

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  • 380. At 10:25am on 03 Sep 2011, ValeryP wrote:

    We can't let Anne P provide one of her own fabulous chocolate cakes for the birthday - so here's one I prepared earlier. I've managed to pick out the word Frog on the top in white chocolate drops, although some say it looks like Hog.

    Déja vu all over again, anyone?

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  • 381. At 10:29am on 03 Sep 2011, Rusty wrote:

    Did someone mention Chocolate Birthday Cake?

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  • 382. At 10:34am on 03 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    Happy Birthday Anne P! I'll add a date and pecan for those who (like me) have a slightly less sweet tooth ;)

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  • 383. At 11:06am on 03 Sep 2011, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Well... If there's birthday cake on offer, I'll row my boat to shore!

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  • 384. At 11:06am on 03 Sep 2011, Anna Cardium wrote:

    When adding a date, be sure to leave out the year, as it's a lady we're congratulating.

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  • 385. At 11:20am on 03 Sep 2011, ValeryP wrote:

    Of course!

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  • 386. At 11:22am on 03 Sep 2011, Stewart_M wrote:

    How about Posh chocolate cake

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  • 387. At 11:28am on 03 Sep 2011, Anne P wrote:

    Well, chocolate cake(s), how wonderful. Thanks everyone!

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  • 388. At 11:28am on 03 Sep 2011, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Happy Birthday Anne P! Hope you have a jolly one.

    *rummages for bunting*

    *puts down bunting and rummages for champagne instead*

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  • 389. At 11:35am on 03 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    *rummages for champagne flutes*

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  • 390. At 1:40pm on 03 Sep 2011, Lady_Sue wrote:

    *pop* *pop* *pop*

    fzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Strawberries anyone?

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  • 391. At 2:16pm on 03 Sep 2011, ValeryP wrote:

    Mmmm, yes please, Lady Sue *holds out own bowl and champagne flute - bucket sized, both*

    Escaping from yet more rain in RL. Who's that hoving to?

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  • 392. At 7:52pm on 03 Sep 2011, annasee wrote:

    Hmmm, can't quite see (need my eyes testing again, I expect). For a moment I thought it might be that famous Old Man of the Sea (also known as "Ed de Mer") but he hasn't been seen around here for so long, that seems unlikely. Anyway, he was last seen in a leopard print slanket, so he's probably in the Sahara or somewhere exotic. Possibly Basildon?

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  • 393. At 10:10pm on 03 Sep 2011, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh annasee, a "leopard print slanket". What's that when it's at home and not on the Serengeti?

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  • 394. At 11:18pm on 03 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    It is a sacred garment, Sue, beloved of the legendary folk of the city that is white. It is passed around amongst them, and records are kept for posterity.

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  • 395. At 07:29am on 04 Sep 2011, Rusty wrote:


    Morning Peeps, Froggers, Peeps-a-Frogging and Frogging Peeps! ®

    Anyone seen the new Beach anywhere?

    I will rustle up a quick breakfast and then I think we had better send out a search party.

    The driver of The Big Sister Tonker of Orange Delights is in a foul mood, he doen't know where to make the delivery!


    Plagiarism...me, yer 'aving a larf.

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  • 396. At 08:16am on 04 Sep 2011, Anne P wrote:

    Morning all, chocolate cake for breakfast anyone?

    Fresh tea on the bar, coffee is a-brewing and I'll even cook a full Scottish breakfast on request.

    Given the miserable weather in RL the beach is definitely the best place to be.

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  • 397. At 8:08pm on 04 Sep 2011, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Agree with Anne that, given the inclement conditions in RL, this is definitely the place to escape.

    "Do you like pina collada?" (Yes)
    "Getting caught in the rain?" (No)
    "The sound of the ocean?" (Yes)
    "The taste ... " well you know I do. When it's raining like this, there's nothing else but to pull up a deckchair, get out the faux suntan lotion

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  • 398. At 11:37pm on 04 Sep 2011, Big Sister wrote:

    ... And as if on cue, here is Fabio who can access parts others cannot reach.

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  • 399. At 9:12pm on 07 Sep 2011, mittfh wrote:

    I'm downing a nice large glass of Côtes du Rhone, while relishing the fact that this is one corner of the blog that hasn't been rediscovered by You Know Who.

    At least we have an unofficial gathering place on the Book of Faces we can retreat to when ancient beaches are fenced off :)

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  • 400. At 11:40am on 12 Sep 2011, MoC wrote:

    I still find it utterly mysterious that Cameron and Osborne weren't asked about certain aspects of their private lives during the 2010 election campaign.
    http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2011/s3315998.htm

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  • 401. At 12:21pm on 12 Sep 2011, DividedTheyRule wrote:

    Sunday 7 o'clock.


    Wonderful wild times on the Beach!

    The westerly winds have blown the sand so hard it has become a compacted surface, a perfect dance floor.

    The groynes are buried so deep they are no more than the simplest possible obstacles in a dressage event. Where last week one had to climb or clamber to get from one segment of the bay to the next, now one simply steps across a strip of shuttering no more than a few inches high.

    The sea itself is gurgling with delight at the thought of the coming outrageous storm. Perhaps a furlong out great swathes of it will change colour to the palest apple green and then back again to blue grey. Long sea horses strech the length of the bay and as far out into the ocean as the eye can see.

    I'd been blackberrying in a churchyard in a valley behind the coast. Blackberries are most contradictory. You see a bush that at a glance is covered with rich black profusion. Then, closer, you see every berry is small with perhaps only 3 or 5 nodes. Another bush, at a distance only large sombre green leaves and thick red thorned branches, close to, it reveals small hidden clusters of luscious multiple druplets.
    Its thorns and network of stems are no match for an incomer prepared to tread his way into the bush to put lusher berries in reach. But then try to leave! The thorn hooks and the tangle of branches have become bramble shackles and you are held fast. The very colour the plant has chosen, black, for its fruit is so difficult to separate from the dark shadow in bright sunlight and the earth green of its leaves, indeed impossible were it not for the hint of glint on the shiniest berries. Does it really want its fruit picked, its seeds spread, at all? Perhaps each wants to be the only bramble in the world, or keep its offspring safe in its shade.

    Scratched, but with a satisfactory punnet I meet my partner on that windswept compressed sand dance floor. She had been looking for frogs. I think it may be because I am no prince. She laughs and says I should be glad it wasn't a prince kissing a frog. We men would never have heard the end of it and I say there could be something in it, because Angela Carter always looked to me as if she hadn't been given princely kisses enough.

    We survey the Beach. Wind and rain squalls invigorate our faces. The free mussels we sometimes collect there are nowhere to be seen, buried in sand. My partner says we'll have to choose our 'wild food only' days more carefully. Frogs legs she won't allow anyway.

    We eat our blackberries in handfuls with windswept hair. The cyclonic wind veers from due west to north westerly. The tumult is nearly upon us.

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  • 402. At 10:49pm on 12 Sep 2011, DividedTheyRule wrote:

    Last year I hired a bike at the publicly owned bike hire stands to ride along the promenade that runs between the Beach and the front hotels.

    It all came back straight away. I hadn't ridden a bike for 50 years (except when I rode a bone shaker a wild man I knew who had the bad luck to live in Borneo Street lent me.)

    They say banking is gonna be like that in reverse. The report today tells us which part of each bank should have been taken over by the government into public ownership at the start of the crisis, three years ago, and which, like Lehman Bros, should have been hung out to dry (to go bankrupt or finally fess up they had assets enough and didn't need bailing).

    Then all you have to do is get onto the time machine saddle

    http://www.robotplunger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/The-Time-Machine.jpg

    and pull the lever

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmFxri4KQnU&feature=related (fast forward to 5mins 50secs for fast forward from 1899)

    If you do it right you're back in 2008. There you are, right place, right time right strategy - to save a system that shouldn't have been saved then..or now.

    The bike? I couldn't ride the bloody thing 50 years ago and I hadn't forgoten how to not be able to last year (and I fell off twice returning the bone shaker to the bloke in Borneo Street).

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  • 403. At 00:52am on 18 Sep 2011, DividedTheyRule wrote:

    Away from THE Beach for a week, in Birmingham. (The poor kids here get a make-shift Beach in Victoria Square in the summer though. )

    Here to sheperd in Green's Requiam.

    Which is of course appropriate....Do I hear the spirit of Kennedy in the man?

    'Ask not 'What can LibDems do for the country. Ask rather 'What can the country do for the LibDems''
    Yep, the spirit of Charles still flows in their veins.

    Ask Pickles, incidentally, because even their Coalition partners say 'Give 'em (back) the money' They can't affraud not to.

    PS I see the Beeb is asking why PM listeners don't riot. Because they weren't picked on so they had a list of about 9 trumped up convictions against them. Because they are happy in their manual work avoidance. Because none but one are poor.

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  • 404. At 02:39am on 18 Sep 2011, oldavenger wrote:

    Come off it, DTR at 403!

    You'll be listening to the Analysis and Grossman's novel too, telling yourself middle class left wing self satisfaction is revolutionary ('If only all were like we') - just like the rest of us (except we spell it 'shepherd' and we spell it 'Requiem' and none, not one, IS whatever, because we're PM listeners).

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  • 405. At 01:55am on 19 Sep 2011, oldavenger wrote:

    And anyway, DTR (mac) you miss the main point. Which is that if the Dems hadn't left the Labour Party in the eighties, the rich would be paying a socialist rate of tax.

    You live in cloud cuckoo land. I was in Enfield yesterday. Along the A10 big chestnuts littered the pavements. Know why DTR (mac)?

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  • 406. At 2:42pm on 19 Sep 2011, oldavenger wrote:

    I've been listening to the Lib Demmers. DTR (mac) has no right to criticise them from his niche on a Birmingham Beach.
    Didn't Danny Alexander exempt the 50K a year, and the 1.5 million pot that each higher tax payer gets tax relief on for their pensions?
    And today, we hear Vince Cable won't allow failure to be rewarded. A brilliant leadership bid. I won't forget VC's assertion at the next General Election

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  • 407. At 8:19pm on 19 Sep 2011, oldavenger wrote:


    The blog's inflence, even from beyond the grave

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/10/vive_la_difference.shtml#comments

    And the government is using the school of moribund economics to investigate the tax system. For Jim Mirrlees only the very few are talented and those whom we value will only perform for exhorbitant incomes. That includes the maths econ dimwits who set up the computer models that cost the banks trillions, that cost us trillions. And Lib Dem academics think he's wonderful. This Coalition will see the Mirrlees Report as justifying the Laffer Curve (tax increases make the poor who are on the bread line work harder and the rich work less) The rich will be taxed less, the poor more. Vince is practising the rhetoric for his U turn now

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  • 408. At 12:10pm on 22 Sep 2011, oldavenger wrote:

    Hugh Pym is echoing Eddie's Upshares theme. Today, now, the Ftse is down 4 percent.

    Hey, says Pym, it goes up, it goes down. Take no notice.

    Agreed.

    But if we should take no notice of markets half baked opinions on MARKETS, why ever do we take any notice at all of them on POLICY???

    Hey ho for the Beach, and a walk in the park nearby to see the ducks in their eclipse plumage.

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  • 409. At 2:12pm on 22 Sep 2011, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Jack and Vera yesterday.

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  • 410. At 12:36pm on 23 Sep 2011, DividedTheyRule wrote:

    409

    Have you fallen below the psychologically important 5,000 mark again?

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